Published: May 9, 2018
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar. PHOTO: FILE
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar said on Wednesday that the people of Balochistan lacked political empowerment.
The top judge made the comments while hearing a suo motu case on water scarcity in the province. CJP Nisar asked former chief ministers Abdul Malik and Sanaullah Zehri whether the situation had taken a turn for the better. Observing that some water sources had dried up, the top judge said his Quetta visit had left him “dismayed”.
“Do not say that you are short of funds. We have been striving to make the government function,” the CJP said.
“What steps have been taken to end water scarcity,” Justice Ejazul Ahsan asked. The top court then directed former Balochistan chief ministers to present responses on Thursday.
Lack of education, medial facilities
Despite a manifold hike in the provincial education budget, 6,054 schools lacks walls and toilets, the top judge observed. If one school is upgraded per year, it will take 60 to revamp 6,000, he said.
“Quetta Hospitals lack CCUs,” he remarked while commenting on poor standards across the city’s health facilities. He went on to add how scores of staff were on strike over his visit to the city.
“We procured equipment worth Rs2 billion for Balochistan hospitals,” Baloch said. Noting that the incumbent current chief minister had only been in office for two months, CJP Nisar asked the former chief ministers to detail their performances.
The chief justice also commented on poor public order across the province. Noting how the situation could not be salvaged till citizens’ lives and properties had been secured, CJP Nisar asked if attacks on the Hazaras had declined. The apex court also directed Frontier Corps IG Nadeem Anjum to present a report on province-wide public order on Friday